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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,325
Monday, November 16th, 2015
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In the News:

1) France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away
2) Five Yemeni men freed from Guantanamo Bay after 14 years without charge
3) Libya: Top Islamic State leader allegedly killed by US airstrike
4) Turkey: Suicide bomber wounds five cops during raid near Syrian border
5) Facebook says it will enable safety check during more human disasters, following criticism
6) Romania: Premier-elect names cabinet of technocrats
7) Study: Phones need “bed mode” to protect sleep
8) CSPI’s latest frivolous lawsuit target: Cheerios Protein
9) Bernie Sanders connects climate change to terrorism
10) Paris attacks may reshape US presidential race
11) MA: Pastafarian woman can wear strainer on head in license photo
12) Paris attacks fuel concerns in European migrant debate
13) US, Russia unveil “transition plan” for Syria
14) SCOTUS to hear Texas case on abortion clinic rules
15) UT: Hundreds rally against new Mormon policy; many file forms to quit the faith

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Paris: The high price of willful ignorance
17) How low can Lew Rockwell go?
18) The GOP has cancer
19) Too many offended by free speech
20) Paris: You don’t want to read this
21) Kermit Alexander’s life sentence
22) Justice for Jack Yantis: Don’t leave the investigation to the “professionals”
23) In defense of fantasy sports gambling
24) Trump’s Operation Police State
25) The war that justified other wars
26) Rename the Redskins? How about Noble Savages?
27) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Public choice in Athens
28) Hey Republicans, stop dissing philosophy
29) I hate when that happens
30) Paid patriotism: The artist formerly known as “propaganda”
31) The Paris atrocities: The most probable and bankrupt response of our own government
32) ISIS is not waging a war against western civilization
33) Paris attack is Europe’s security nightmare
34) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/15/15
35) Casualty of YouTube’s “contractual obligations”: Users’ free speech
36) Democratic debate: Candidates so different you can barely tell them apart
37) The reign of trickery
38) An app for the economically ignorant
39) We need more philosophers and fewer politicians
40) The knock-on effects of the Paris attacks
41) In the Tank Podcast, 11/13/15
42) When the power of love replaced the love of power
43) After Paris
44) This time, fight the real enemy
45) “New Democrats” confront a new reality
46) The age of despair: Reaping the whirlwind of western support for extremist violence
47) After Paris attacks, a call for justice, not vengeance
48) An incompetent government is the best government
49) Exploiting emotions about Paris to blame Snowden, distract from actual culprits who empowered ISIS
50) The materials you need for researching the original Constitution
51) The Tom Woods Show, 11/13/15
52) The declining interest rate cap
53) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/14/15
54) Luck has nothing to do with it
55) A successful case of indoctrination

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***** In the News *****

1) France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away
Source: ABC News

“France launched ‘massive’ air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defense Ministry statement said.” (11/15/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-mourns-seeks-clues-deadly-attacks-35214506

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2) Five Yemeni men freed from Guantanamo Bay after 14 years without charge
Source: BNO News [Netherlands]

“Five Yemeni men have been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba after being held in detention for nearly 14 years without charge, the Pentagon says. A total of 107 people remain imprisoned at the controversial facility. The U.S. Department of Defense said Sunday that Ali Ahmad Muhammad al-Razihi, Khalid Abd-al-Jabbar Muhammad Uthman al-Qadasi, Adil Said al-Hajj Ubayd al-Busays, Sulayman Awad Bin Uqayl al-Nahdi, and Fahmi Salem Said al-Asani were released from the detention facility in Cuba and transferred to the United Arab Emirates.” (11/15/15)

http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/id2584

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3) Libya: Top Islamic State leader allegedly killed by US airstrike
Source: Epoch Times

“The head of a Libyan Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate was killed during an airstrike on Friday, the Pentagon said. A U.S. airstrike targeted leader Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, also known asAbu Nabil, at a compound in Derna. He was ‘longtime al-Qaeda operative and the senior Islamic State of Iraq,’ the Department of Defense said in a statement. ‘Reporting suggests Nabil may have been the spokesman in ISIL’s [sic] February Coptic Christian execution video,’ the news release said.” (11/15/15)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1900200-top-isis-leader-in-libya-killed-by-us-airstrike/

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4) Turkey: Suicide bomber wounds five cops during raid near Syrian border
Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“Five policemen were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a raid on a suspected Islamic State terrorist’s hideout in Turkey’s Gaziantep town near the border with Syria. A statement issued by the Gaziantep governor’s office said that the raid was conducted on Saturday. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives when police broke down the fifth-floor apartment.” (11/15/15)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/4-turkish-policemen-hurt-in-explosion-during-anti-is-raid/story-i9Epireztx1SuNpeCIvngP.html

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5) Facebook says it will enable safety check during more human disasters, following criticism
Source: TechCrunch

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg committed to turning on Safety Check in more human disasters going forward, responding to criticism that the company turned on its safety feature for Paris but not for Beirut and other bombings. Zuckerberg explained that the Paris terror attacks marked the first time the company has enabled Safety Check for a human disaster, not a natural disaster like an earthquake. The feature allows people in a region affected by a crisis to send a notification to their Facebook friends that says they are safe.” (11/15/15)

http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/15/facebook-says-it-will-enable-safety-check-in-more-human-disasters-following-criticism

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6) Romania: Premier-elect names cabinet of technocrats
Source: Lompoc Record

“Romania’s prime minister-designate on Sunday named his Cabinet of mostly young professionals with management experience, after the former government collapsed following mass protests over a nightclub fire where at least 55 died. Dacian Ciolos named his ministers, who will need to be approved by Parliament, later this week. Seven of the 22 posts are held by women.” (11/15/15)

http://lompocrecord.com/news/world/romania-premier-elect-names-cabinet-of-technocrats/article_c13f435b-000c-5e68-83b6-2e8945926c52.html

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7) Study: Phones need “bed mode” to protect sleep
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic ‘bedtime mode’ that stops them disrupting people’s sleep, says a leading doctor. Prof Paul Gringras argued the setting should filter out the blue light that delays the body clock and keeps people awake later into the evening. The doctor, from Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, said every new model was ‘bluer and brighter.’ He said manufacturers needed to show more ‘responsibility.’ As it gets darker in the evening, the body starts to produce the sleep hormone melatonin — which helps people nod off. Certain wavelengths of light, those at the blue-green end of the spectrum, can disrupt the system.” [editor’s note: Or, you could turn it to buzz and lay it FACE DOWN on the dresser? Sheesh! – SAT] (11/15/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34744859

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8) CSPI’s latest frivolous lawsuit target: Cheerios Protein
Source: NYSE Post

“According to an official complaint filed with the Northern California District Court by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) [sic], ‘General Mills falsely and misleadingly markets Cheerios Protein to children and adults as a high protein, healthful alternative to Cheerios,’ and they’ve filed a class-action lawsuit over the matter. The suit alleges that the cereal maker has been selling a new product called Protein Cheerios, which the company first introduced the previous year, under false pretenses.” (11/15/15)

http://nysepost.com/lawsuit-alleges-cheerios-protein-is-misleading-product-43947

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9) Bernie Sanders connects climate change to terrorism
Source: Raw Story

“One day after the Islamic State group killed or injured about 500 people in a series of attacks in Paris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., linked climate change to the spread of terrorist groups overseas. At the second Democratic presidential debate, held Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, Sanders was asked whether he stood by his previous claims that climate change was the No. 1 threat to national security. He said he did. ‘Climate change is directly related to the rise of global terrorism,’ Sanders said, adding that it would cause nations to start ‘struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops, and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict,’ ABC News reported.” [editor’s note: Has he been sharing needles with Dr. Carson? WTF?? – SAT] (11/15/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/bernie-sanders-connects-climate-change-to-terrorism

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10) Paris attacks may reshape US presidential race
Source: Reuters

“The lethal attacks in Paris have the potential to reshape the U.S. presidential race, placing a new emphasis on issues of national security, border control, and counterterrorism, while perhaps bolstering candidates who talk toughest about taking on Islamic State militants both at home and abroad National security has not assumed a central place in a U.S. presidential election for more than a decade as the economy preoccupied American voters. But with the nation’s economic health on the upswing and the threat of Islamic terrorism now looming in Europe, that may change. National security will be the focus of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, with the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, expected to be pressed on how she would confront the threat from Islamic State and other terror groups.” [editor’s note: May this “reshaping” be the realization that meddling in the affairs of others only creates more conflict – SAT] (11/14/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/14/us-usa-election-paris-idUSKCN0T30ZI20151114

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11) MA: Pastafarian woman can wear strainer on head in license photo
Source: Fox News

“A Massachusetts agency is letting a woman who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wear a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo after she cited her religious beliefs. Lowell resident Lindsay Miller said Friday that she ‘absolutely loves the history and the story’ of Pastafarians, whose website says has existed in secrecy for hundreds of years and entered the mainstream in 2005. Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do.” [editor’s note: Okay, but they made me take off my Red Sox cap; for some of us, that’s been a religious crusade for generations! – SAT] (11/14/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/14/pastafarian-woman-gets-to-wear-strainer-on-head-in-license-photo

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12) Paris attacks fuel concerns in European migrant debate
Source: USA Today

“Reports that one of the terrorist attackers in Paris may have been a Syrian asylum seeker is feeding into the debate over the migrant crisis in Europe. A passport found near the body of one attackers belonged to a Syrian asylum seeker who entered Europe through Greece, according to media reports. Authorities haven’t confirmed whether the asylum seeker and attacker were the same person. Regardless, as the investigation continues, some say the Paris attacks on Friday could fuel long-standing fears that terrorists could pose as Syrian refugees.” (11/14/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/14/paris-attacks-fuel-concerns-european-migrant-debate/75791922

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13) US, Russia unveil “transition plan” for Syria
Source: Bloomberg

“Seventeen nations, spurred on by Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, overcame their differences on how to end Syria’s civil war and adopted a timeline that will let opposition groups help draft a constitution and elect a new government by 2017. As a first step, the United Nations agreed to convene Syria’s government with opposition representatives by Jan. 1, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday at a joint press conference in Vienna. A cease-fire between the government in Damascus and recognized opposition groups should be in place within six months, according to their statement.” [editor’s note: I wonder if anyone bothered consulting the, um, SYRIANS about the plans being made for them? – TLK] (11/14/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-14/syrian-transition-plan-achieved-by-u-s-allies-kerry-says

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14) SCOTUS to hear Texas case on abortion clinic rules
Source: CNN

“The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to key parts of Texas'[s] 2013 abortion law that supporters of abortion rights say is one of the strictest in the nation. The court has not heard a major abortion case since 2007, and its decision will likely come down sometime next spring or early summer in the heat of the presidential campaign. … While supporters of the law argue it’s meant to protect women’s health, opponents say it has nothing to do with health and safety, but instead is a disguised attempt to put an end to abortion. Other states have similar legislation percolating through the lower courts. One provision at issue requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The other mandates that clinics upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards.” (11/13/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/politics/supreme-court-to-hear-major-abortion-case/

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15) UT: Hundreds rally against new Mormon policy; many file forms to quit the faith
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

“More than 1,000 inactive and active Mormons — along with their backers — rallied in City Creek Park on Saturday to protest the LDS Church’s recent policy decisions involving same-sex couples and their children. … At one of several tables, attorney Mark Naugle helped Mormons expedite their paperwork to resign their memberships in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. … Top LDS authorities have a new policy in place that states Mormons in same-sex marriages or similar relationships must face disciplinary councils — and possible excommunication — and that their children generally must wait until they turn 18 to be baptized into the faith.” (11/14/15)

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3178894-155/hundreds-rally-against-new-mormon-policy

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

16) Paris: The high price of willful ignorance
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“We have long observed that, assuming one believes the government’s account of what happened on September 11, 2001 (a colossal assumption, I admit) it could have been prevented if just one or two civilian passengers aboard those hijacked airliners had carried even a tiny .22 pistol. Our cultural tendency to over-analysis has led us to examine microscopically the hijackers’ religious beliefs, their political aspirations, their family relationships, and their toilet habits, which is an error. It doesn’t matter why they did what they did, it was a criminal act, in violation of dozens of criminal statutes. Whatever else they may have been, those hijackers were criminals, a social class who don’t like to take risks if they believe that their intended victims have an even chance of defeating (and humiliating) them. Exactly the same is true of what has happened in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015.” (11/15/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle847-20151115-02.html

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17) How low can Lew Rockwell go?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“For a long time, anarchists and libertarians have mockingly characterized the stereotypical liberal goo-goo response to any vision of a stateless society as ‘But what about the rooaaads?’ But now a couple of libertarians — at least that’s what they call themselves — have made that phrase their own. In response to the seemingly self-evident proposition, from a libertarian standpoint, that people should be able to move freely from place to place regardless of imaginary lines drawn by states on a map, Hans Hermann Hoppe and Lew Rockwell — the gray eminences of the paleo-libertarian world — cry out ‘But what about the rooaaads?’ … Perhaps the most inadvertently hilarious part of Rockwell’s diatribe is where he uses — of all things — the Soviet Union as an object lesson on the evils of open borders and too much freedom of movement. You’d think he’d have some professional respect for them, considering his idea of a ‘libertarian’ utopia is a privately administered version of the Soviet internal passport system.” (11/13/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41552

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18) The GOP has cancer
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The National Religious Liberties Conference is an ultra-right-wing religious extremist organization, reminiscent of the KKK. They actually believe and proclaim openly that their religious liberties should include the right to murder homosexuals and others for the crime of violating God’s commandments in the Old Testament of the Bible. Ted Cruz was the third Republican presidential candidate to appear at the event. Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee were the other two. All were introduced to the rabid crowd by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who fired them up by declaring that ‘the sin of homosexuality … is worthy of death.’ They should be ashamed of themselves.” (11/15/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-gop-has-cancer.html

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19) Too many offended by free speech
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Once upon a time, people would hear someone say offensive things and life would go on. Now, every word that offends someone gets brought before some authority. All too often, authority coddles the overly sensitive and punishes the speaker. Freedom of speech has never been less popular. Universities protecting their students from hearing — or seeing — things that upset them aren’t helping the students. In fact, they aren’t helping anyone, other than lawyers and psychiatrists.” (11/12/15)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/11/12/mcmanigal-too-many-offended-by-free-speech/

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20) Paris: You don’t want to read this
Source: Antiwar.com
by Peter Van Buren

“Since 2001, the United States has led nations like Britain, France, Australia and others into wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, with drone attacks on people from the Philippines to Pakistan to all parts of Africa. We have little to nothing to show for all that. Since 2001 the US has expended enormous efforts to kill a handful of men — bin Laden, al-Zarqawi, al-Awlaki, and this weekend, Jihadi John. Others, many without names, were killed outside of media attention, or were tortured to death, or are still rotting in the offshore penal colony of Guantanamo, or the dark hell of the Salt Pit in Afghanistan. And it has not worked, and Paris this weekend, and the next one somewhere else sometime soon, are the proof.” (11/16/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/peter_van_buren/2015/11/15/paris-you-dont-want-to-read-this

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21) Kermit Alexander’s life sentence
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents’ worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes.” (11/14/15)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2015/11/14/kermit-alexanders-life-sentence-n2080537

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22) Justice for Jack Yantis: Don’t leave the investigation to the “professionals”
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Media coverage of the Yantis killing, predictably, is freighted with intimations of potential violence against Sheriff Zollman and other officials from the rural ‘anti-government extremists’ who populate Adams County. Sheriff Zollman, who seems like an earnest and decent man, reports that his family has received death threats, and he has refused to disclose the names of the deputies who killed Yantis in order to spare them similar treatment. This wouldn’t be a problem if the deputies had been charged with a criminal offense and taken into custody — or even released on bail once charges had been filed. Threats of the kind Zollman allegedly received are precipitated by frustration over the privileged status of law enforcement officers implicated in wrongful deaths or other acts of criminal violence. Any evidence that Yantis assaulted or threatened the deputies would have been provided to the public within hours of the incident. If two Adams County citizens had shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy, they would have been incarcerated without bail, and their names would be known.” (11/14/15)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/11/justice-for-jack-yantis-dont-leave.html

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23) In defense of fantasy sports gambling
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The New York Attorney General’s office recently sent cease and desist letters to ‘daily fantasy sports (DFS) wagering sites DraftKings and FanDuel … ordering both companies to immediately stop accepting wagers inside New York.’ Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, ‘Our investigation has found that, unlike traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports companies are engaged in illegal gambling under New York law, causing the same kinds of social and economic harms as other forms of illegal gambling, and misleading New York consumers.’ To understand the position of the AG, even if you don’t agree with the stance, it is important to know the difference between traditional fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/15)

http://fpp.cc/in-defense-of-fantasy-sports-gambling/

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24) Trump’s Operation Police State
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“If elected president, Donald Trump says he would create a ‘deportation force’ to carry out his pledge to expel more than 11 million people from the United States merely because they lack government permission to be here. ‘We have no choice if we’re going to run our country properly and if we’re going to be a country,’ he said during the Republican debate Tuesday night. Wrong on both counts. Of course we have a choice. We can choose not to deport the 11 million individuals, the vast majority of whom have never harmed anyone. On the contrary, they’ve produced and purchased goods and services, not to mention enriching their communities. And the last time I looked, the presence of those peaceful folks has not kept us from being a country. (If not being a country means there’s no government to bomb and deport people, then put me down for that.)” (11/13/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/11/tgif-trumps-operation-police-state.html

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25) The war that justified other wars
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Even among some libertarians, World War II is viewed as the great exception. Although it was the most destructive thing to life, liberty, and property that the world has ever seen, World War II is viewed as a good war. Although it took the lives of more than 50 million people, World War II is viewed as a moral war. Although it killed more civilians than combatants, World War II is viewed as a noble war. Although it wounded hundreds of millions, World War II is viewed as a just war. Although it made hundreds of millions of refugees, widows, and orphans, World War II is viewed as a necessary war. The invoking of Hitler, Nazism, and World War II is supposed to forever constitute the definitive refutation of pacifism, shame conscientious objectors, discredit anti-war sentiments, serve as a trump card in all discussions of the morality of war, and, especially, silence critics of U.S. military interventions.” (11/13/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-war-that-justified-other-wars/

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26) Rename the Redskins? How about Noble Savages?
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“The political correctness language-cleansing white citified left liberal do-gooding ‘social justice’ hate speech whiners are still obsessed with dictating which words everyone is required to resent, find intolerant, take offense to and be insulted by — even if they’re not a member of the groups supposedly being disrespected. Which individual members of which tribes get to violate everyone’s freedom of speech by dictating what is or isn’t respectful or disrespectful? Once again it’s all about that NFL Washington Redskins team. With the stroke of his dogmatically authoritarian pen, a recent article tells us, California’s Governor Jerry Brown has turned any public school child who utters the word ‘redskin’ into a criminal.” (11/13/15)

http://www.examiner.com/article/rename-the-redskins-how-about-noble-savages

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27) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Public choice in Athens
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Roderick T Long

“We’ve seen that the Athenians sought to avoid devices of representation wherever possible. But when representation was necessary, Athenians preferred to select representatives by lot, via the method of ‘sortition.’ This is how we pick juries today, but the Athenians filled most other offices by the same means. They reasoned that elections tend to be won by those who are wealthy and prominent — in other words, by members of the upper classes. Sortition, by contrast, ensures that those selected will be a representative cross-sample of the population. The danger that sortition might bring exceptionally stupid, crazy, or malicious people to power was alleviated by the fact that officials so chosen generally exercised power collectively rather than individually, at least in important matters, and so the perverse judgments of outliers would be swamped.” (11/13/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ancient-greeces-legacy-liberty-public-choice-athens

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28) Hey Republicans, stop dissing philosophy
Source: USA Today
by David Talcott

“In his comedy The Clouds, Greek playwright Aristophanes lampooned the philosopher Socrates by having him enter the play in a basket up in the air. The moral of the story: philosophers have their heads in the clouds and don’t produce anything of value down here in the real world. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio reaffirmed that sentiment (although centuries later) during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate stating ‘welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less [sic] philosophers.’ In that same debate another candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, also slammed philosophers by criticizing what he called the ‘philosopher-kings’ at the Federal Reserve, a clear reference to the over-controlling political leaders described in Plato’s The Republic.” [editor’s note: And while we’re at it, can we get Cruz an English teacher? – SAT] (11/14/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/14/philosophy-welder-republican-debate-column/75699210

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29) I hate when that happens
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

“American manufacturing, once the principal source of American economic power, has become a pale shadow of the world-dominant competitor it was only 30 years ago. Although the productivity of American workers still vastly exceeds the worker productivity of all major manufacturing economies, America has become a laggard in the global marketplace. For decades many have bemoaned the descent of America’s industrial power. Now they say that the decline has been the result of economic misfortune: globalization, technological advance, foreign competition, unions, and so forth. The actual misfortune is that US economic policy has been formulated by feckless politicians in Washington DC.” (11/13/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1482

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30) Paid patriotism: The artist formerly known as “propaganda”
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Last week, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a report revealing the Department of Defense paid professional sports teams to host ‘patriotic events.’ Anyone who has ever attended a sporting event knows these well. Military personnel are featured on the jumbotron, huge flags are spread across the field, returning veterans are named ‘hometown heroes,’ or asked to participate in half-time contests, ceremonial first pitches, and other activities intended to honor the U.S. military. Though seemingly a spontaneous illustration of national pride, the report revealed such actions to be anything but genuine. In fact, the report found that the Department of Defense had contracted with the NFL, NHL, MLB, and Major League Soccer to host such events, to the tune of $10.5 million taxpayer dollars.” (11/12/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/11/12/paid-patriotism-the-artist-formerly-known-as-propaganda/

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31) The Paris atrocities: The most probable and bankrupt response of our own government
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“Because Keir Martland has already commented with great brilliance, and even a certain nobility of tone, I will make no comment directly on the Paris Atrocities or their probable causes. I will instead deal with our own Government’s most likely response to them. This will be a new Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. It will require Internet and telephone companies to store all communication data for a year, and to make this available to the police and security agencies. The stated reason for this will be that we are in danger, and in particular danger from Moslem terrorists.” (11/14/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/11/14/the-paris-atrocities-the-most-probable-and-bankrupt-response-of-our-own-government-2015-by-sean-gabb/

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32) ISIS is not waging a war against western civilization
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“At least Marco Rubio didn’t answer the attacks in Paris by demanding that the United States accept only Christian refugees. He left that to Ted Cruz. But given the Florida senator’s reputation in GOP circles as a foreign-policy wonk, it’s worth looking in some detail at just how ridiculous his response was.” (11/15/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/isis-paris-attacks-rubio-republicans/416085/

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33) Paris attack is Europe’s security nightmare
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“The series of coordinated attacks on multiple civilian locations in Paris on Friday night has long been the stuff of nightmares for European security officials. Ever since the Mumbai attacks of 2008 — in which more than 175 people, including the militants, were killed in a series of coordinated strikes around the city — the fear has been of a similar attack in Europe by Islamist militants. That assault showed that a relatively small number of dedicated, suicidal attackers with automatic weapons and sufficient ammunition could wreak havoc in a relatively confined urban area. In 2013, Islamist militants demonstrated the same thing again in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Westgate shopping mall — with a final death toll of 67. Since Mumbai, where the hostage drama played out for three days, most security forces operate on a very simple doctrine — attempt to seize back buildings and kill the militants as quickly as possible, even with all the risks that entails.” (11/14/15)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/14/paris-attack-is-europes-security-nightmare

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34) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/15/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“A reverse-order, two-take episode: Quick updates (send money, guns and lawyers!); Thanks For Asking! (a short answer on Max Stirner, a long rant on ‘the paleo strategy’).” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-111515.html

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35) Casualty of YouTube’s “contractual obligations”: Users’ free speech
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Amul Kalia

“Internet users generally think of YouTube as a platform where, if you play by the copyright rules, the content you post is safe from takedown and, if it’s taken down improperly, you have some recourse. But that’s not the case, thanks to an additional barrier to lawful sharing: meet YouTube’s ‘contractual obligations.’ YouTube has made special deals with certain rightsholders that allows them to dictate where and how their content can be used on the site. If your video uses content controlled by these rightsholders, and they object to that use, YouTube will take your video offline and won’t restore it unless you can get the rightsholder’s permission. Because the takedown isn’t subject to the DMCA, the rightsholder has no legal obligations to consider whether your use is a lawful fair use.” (11/13/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/11/casualty-youtubes-contractual-obligations-users-free-speech

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36) Democratic debate: Candidates so different you can barely tell them apart
Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“It seems fairly clear that the Democratic presidential primary debate schedule was deliberately designed to ensure that as few people as possible tuned in: After the first debate, the next two events were set on Saturdays — including one the Saturday before Christmas — and the one after that set for the Sunday before the Martin Luther King holiday. And in a way, it makes sense: Why would Democrats want more viewers? Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders is performing notably better than many expected, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic party nomination. Because she is already so well known and well established with the general public, debates have little upside and large potential downside: She’s unlikely to say anything to help her chances all that much, and, given the base-pleasing incentives of the primaries, more likely to say something that would come back to hurt her in a general election.” (11/14/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/14/democratic-debate-candidates-so-differen

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37) The reign of trickery
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Arkansas State Sen. Jon Woods’s reign of trickery is ending. As reported Monday, he has chosen not to seek another term in the legislature. It’s ironic. Woods defrauded Arkansas voters with a deceptively worded 2014 ballot measure. His successful scam weakening term limits allows him to stay in the Senate for 16 years, instead of just eight. But now, angry voters won’t allow Woods another term. At least, that sure appears to be the case.” (11/13/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/13/the-reign-of-trickery/

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38) An app for the economically ignorant
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dr. Heetun: In a mass e-mail that I received this morning, you boast that your company has developed ‘a web portal that monetizes the greed of our economic system to balance out our Economic Inequality.’ You describe this marvel as being ‘a handheld application that will allow people to scan a product and ascertain whether the manufacturer supports the 99% or the 1%, and make their purchasing decision accordingly.’ Excuse me, but doesn’t the fact that a manufacturer produces products for sale to the 99% itself mean that that manufacturer ‘supports the 99%?'” (11/14/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/11/an-app-for-the-economically-ignorant.html

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39) We need more philosophers and fewer politicians
Source: Students For Liberty
by Cory Massimino

“Socrates thought it was morally preferable to suffer injustice than to commit it. What he meant was that the moral character of a person is their most important value, the one they should always and everywhere preserve. Socrates would rather suffer the worst moral wrong than ever be guilty of one himself (and he did just that when he accepted his execution at the hands of Athens for corrupting the youth). Judging by his line of work, it seems that Rubio would disagree. How else could one work in the most unjust of all careers, where deceit, theft, and murder are key resume sections? Why else support policies that blow up families overseas or ally us with terrorist governments? Why continue to work as a politician at all instead of getting a real job, like a philosopher or a welder?” (11/13/15)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2015/11/13/we-need-more-philosophers-and-fewer-politicians/

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40) The knock-on effects of the Paris attacks
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“The Paris attacks signal a new and far more challenging phase of the era that began on September 11, 2001. As awful as that day was, Al-Qaeda was centrally directed and could be centrally disrupted. Not ISIS. After 9/11, most of us felt that this was the beginning of a new normal; that daily life would never be the same. And then weirdly, life did return to something close to normal — until ISIS. Despite the revelations of the Snowden files of a disturbing and far-flung surveillance apparatus that often combined overreach with ineptitude, the new national security state did not touch the vast majority of Americans the vast majority of the time. But the new wave of attacks on seemingly random soft targets, by an array of home-grown, freelance terrorists who are unknown to police, and inspired but not necessarily managed by ISIS, really does signal a new normal, in which civilians are subject to random attack anywhere.” (11/14/15)

prospect.org/article/french-connections-knock-effects-paris-attacks

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41) In the Tank Podcast, 11/13/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s episode of In The Tank, Donny and John discuss the 4th GOP debate and the exchange between Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over defense spending. This exchange highlights a major rift within the conservative wing of the country. They also dissect the various stories that our occurring on our college campuses, specifically Yale University and the University of Missouri.” [various formats] (11/13/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/in-the-tank-podcast-ep12-anti-war-republicans-and-anti-free-speech-liberals/

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42) When the power of love replaced the love of power
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Westminster Abbey, nearly a thousand years old, is my favorite stop in London, which I’ve visited so many times now that I’ve lost count. Each time I walk through the main entrance, my eyes are drawn immediately to the left because of the imposing statue of a man I deeply admire: William Ewart Gladstone, a devoted friend of both British and American liberty and the greatest of all British prime ministers.” (11/13/15)

https://fee.org/freeman/when-the-power-of-love-replaced-the-love-of-power/

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43) After Paris
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“This has become routine after every terror attack: the first response of concerned observers is not with the actual victims of actual terrorism but with possible victims of a moronic mob uprising that exists entirely in their imaginations. This, too, speaks to a profound self-loathing in the West, where the media and political elite’s fear is always how their own societies, and what they see as their inscrutable fellow citizens, a ‘confused and anxious’ mass, will behave. They condemn the terrorism, yes — but they fundamentally fear and loathe the societies they live in, the people they live among. Yet while it might be sporadic now — this musing that France deserved the attack; that we Westerners need a ‘taste of fear;’ that the problem is not those who massacre 120 people but our own bovine native populations who allegedly harbour a far greater violent urge — it will spread.”

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-paris/17631

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44) This time, fight the real enemy
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott McConnell

“It is obvious, or at least I think it is obvious, that France and Europe and the West have little choice but war against the Islamic State. … But it is critical that this time the war be fought against the real enemy — not against a fake enemy put forth by internal political factions with quite different agendas. That is what precisely happened in the aftermath of 9/11 — when neoconservatives persuaded Dick Cheney, and through him President Bush, to adopt their long-pursued agenda of war against Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. The very existence of ISIS is in large part due to this misguided detour: the United States destroyed the Iraqi state, laying the grounds for the radicalization and Islamization of hundreds of thousands Iraqi Sunnis. Remnants of the destroyed Iraqi military became the military leaders of ISIS.” (11/14/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/this-time-fight-the-real-enemy/

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45) “New Democrats” confront a new reality
Source: Our Future Blog
by Richard Eskow

“Several recent news articles have suggested that, in the words of a Washington Post headline, ‘there’s … a big economic fight happening in the Democratic Party.’ It’s true. The corporate-friendly policies of the party’s more conservative wing have fared poorly, both as policy and as politics, and as a result the party has moved to the left. The insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders is the most conspicuous sign of this shift. It’s a major setback for the so-called ‘New Democrats’ who have dominated the party since the election of Bill Clinton in 1992. Nearly twenty-five years after they rose to power, the ideas of the ‘New Democrats’ don’t seem so new. Hence, the phenomenon that The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein describes as ‘the panic of Democratic centrists.'” (11/12/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151112/the-new-democrats-and-the-new-reality

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46) The age of despair: Reaping the whirlwind of western support for extremist violence
Source: CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd

“We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Gaddafi by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our Saudi allies, and other tyrannies around the world. What has been the result of these interventions? A hell on earth, one that grows wider and more virulent year after year.” (11/13/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/13/the-age-of-despair-reaping-the-whirlwind-of-western-support-for-extremist-violence/

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47) After Paris attacks, a call for justice, not vengeance
Source: The Nation
by Phyllis Bennis

“France is in mourning and in shock. We still don’t know how many people were killed and injured. In fact, there’s a lot we still don’t know, including who was responsible. The ISIS claim of responsibility tells us virtually nothing about who really planned or carried out the attacks; opportunist claims are an old story. But the lack of information hasn’t prevented lots of assumptions about who is ‘obviously’ responsible and what should be done to them. Already the call is rising across France — ‘this time it’s all-out war.’ But we do know what happens when cries of war and vengeance drown out all other voices; we’ve heard them before.” [editor’s note: An intelligent, truly ‘progressive’ perspective on this tragic issue; may the advice be taken this time – SAT] (11/14/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/after-paris-attacks-a-call-for-justice-not-vengeance

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48) An incompetent government is the best government
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Only under an incompetent government will the people of a nation get along well enough to properly call them a nation. This is because having a competent government means everybody will try to use it to force their beliefs on everybody else. So long as the threat exits fear will divide the people. But having an incompetent government means few will see it as an effective means of forcing their beliefs on everybody else and therefore won’t try.” (11/13/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/11/13/an-incompetent-government-is-the-best-government/

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49) Exploiting emotions about Paris to blame Snowden, distract from actual culprits who empowered ISIS
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Whistleblowers are always accused of helping America’s enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths of Americans with his leak); it’s just the tactical playbook that’s automatically used. So it’s of course unsurprising that ever since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing enabled newspapers around the world to report on secretly implemented programs of mass surveillance, he has been accused by ‘officials’ and their various media allies of Helping The Terrorists(TM). Still, I was a bit surprised just by how quickly and blatantly — how shamelessly — some of them jumped to exploit the emotions prompted by the carnage in France to blame Snowden: doing so literally as the bodies still lay on the streets of Paris.” (11/15/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/11/15/exploiting-emotions-about-paris-to-blame-snowden-distract-from-actual-culprits-who-empowered-isis/

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50) The materials you need for researching the original Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“When lawyers and judges interpret legal documents, they usually try to ascertain the understanding of the parties to the document — or, more precisely, something they call the ‘intent’ behind the document. The Founding Era phrase was ‘intent of the makers.’ The ‘intent of the makers’ is what originalist scholars try to uncover when they interpret the Constitution.” (11/14/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/11/14/the-materials-you-need-for-researching-the-original-constitution/

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51) The Tom Woods Show, 11/13/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Matt Ridley returns to the show to argue against the overwhelmingly dominant view that science requires government subsidy.” [various formats] (11/13/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-533-the-separation-of-science-and-state

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52) The declining interest rate cap
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“In a free market, consumption comes in two basic forms: that which is consumed today, and that which is postponed into the future. Deferred consumption is saving, and Keynes’s target was the saver, even ‘looking forward to the rentier’s euthanasia’ as he put it in his General Theory. Denying Say’s Law or the law of the markets allowed Keynes, in his own mind anyway, to replace the saver with the state as the principal source of funding for industrial investment. That he came to this conclusion can only be the result of moral principles unsupported by reasoned theory. But once you launch yourself down what amounts to the slipway of prejudice, there is no knowing where it will all end. In Keynes’s case, it produced a following which has become the mainspring of today’s macroeconomic mainstream.” (11/13/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/11/the-declining-interest-rate-cap/

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53) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/14/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with John Bush. Herein we discussed his Brave New Books business, SovereignBTC, Unschooling philosophy, life led learning, government schooling teaches politician idolatry, Voluntaryism and Unschooling are based in humility, learning and living are inseparable, authoritarian parenting is based in insecurity, experience is the greatest teacher, we must trust our children, colleges/universities, unschoolers/homeschoolers are often young entrepreneurs and more!” [MP3] (11/14/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/john-bush-unschooling-parent-manager-of-brave-new-books-and-host-of-sovereignbtc-podcast/

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54) Luck has nothing to do with it
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“It’s that day again: Friday the 13th, the day on which I ask non-sex workers to speak up for us. As I’ve explained many times before, there is no possible way we can ever hope to win our rights without the help of allies; since only about 0.3% of the female population are whores at any given time (about 1% over their lifetimes), we simply don’t constitute a large enough voting bloc for politicians to give a damn about us, especially at a time when the popular fad is to pretend that we’re passive victims in need of “rescue” from our own choices.” (11/13/15)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/luck-has-nothing-to-do-with-it/

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55) A successful case of indoctrination
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Among the most successful cases of propaganda and indoctrination has been convincing the American people of how necessary and beneficial the military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA are to the safety and freedom of the American people. From the first grade to big sporting events, people are inculcated with this conviction. To see how differently the Founding Fathers and our American ancestors viewed a national security state, carefully consider the following quotes.” (11/13/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/13/a-successful-case-of-indoctrination/

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